… so earlier I blogged the working process of a remix. Got hooked in for an hour.. almost always the most productive time… I have a pad from the ESP and I wonkified it, a collection of old drum machine samples, some through a gated reverb for extra coldness, and crunched them through an old Sony cassette machine with a low input so the internal limiter goes mad.. sidechaine-like sucking ……and I also got a nice tune supporting the verse vocals. I whacked a Remedy arp on, too. Not sure about that, though. Got to the stage where I was tweaking too much so I knew it was time to stop for tonight.
Mental note of next step……. nylon guitar, melodica……the female vocal at the end has a nice sub-hook which I may develop, bass, start knocking out an arrangement.. keep it short (the James Blake remix went on too long for me so I’m reacting against that)…… and I’m not thinking this mix will be a massive departure in terms of feel from the original…… a parallel mix from later in the night…?
Of course all this might change….
A few weeks back I had lunch with Seamus Wong Paul. He played me a rough mix of a track by new band I Am In Love (ex Autohype ) called ‘I Want You’. Sounded lovely even pre mix: reminded me on 1979 cold electronica mixed with a bit of the XX. Funny, but I didn’t remember the chorus, just this lovely arpeggio and tender vocal. Anyway, the band sent me the stems now it’s fully mixed (the production’s ace by the way), and I just prepped a Logic project for a remix.
I don’t usually think about the remix process but thought I might blog it for this one… so.. after prepping the tracks and making sure all is there, I spend a minuscule amount of time listening to each track.. I don’t want to get attached to anything other than the vocal. I’ve muted all the stuff apart from 2 vocals and some chord clues.. and they’ll go once my own stuff’s down.
What I’m looking for is the heart of the vocal.. it could be the whole thing, or just a few lines. Already thinking that the chorus may go, and I’ll pull out other words for the hook. Whilst I decide, I’ll start with a beat, and as I’m hardly Mr Big Beat, it’ll be lovely old drum machines or synth drums made from the ESP in Logic.. or a bit of each.
… if you fancy ago at remixing the track, mail the band via their Twitter feed @iaminlovemusic